SpiceJet offers Covid home test option for pax on foreign flights

MUMBAI: SpiceJet passengers in India and UAE can now undergo Covid-19 RT-PCR at their home by booking an appointment online, said the low cost airline which has tied up with VFS to facilitate this service.

As the Covid-19 negative test report has become mandatory for passengers, especially for international travel, there are rising apprehensions among travellers regarding the entire process of complying with various pre-travel requirements, said the airline. “SpiceJet passengers can book the Covid-19 RT-PCR test using the appointment booking service offered by VFS Global. The Covid-19 RT-PCR test is commonly referred to as the confirmatory test for Covid-19,” it said. The service is currently available for customers in India and the UAE, but the airline said it plans to roll it out for other countries very soon.

To book the test, customers can visit SpiceJet’s website at (www.spicejet.com) and avail the service under the ‘Add-ons’ section. To initiate the booking process one needs to click on the ‘Book now’ button and follow a few simple steps to book an appointment. Customers can either request for a test at their doorstep or visit the nearby lab, as per their convenience and the available schedule. Besides, customers will also be offered the option to select their preferred testing location and appointment slot. At the end of the booking one needs to provide their personal details including the identity proof to confirm the appointment.

“Indian customers can submit their sample either at a location of choice using the ‘At your Doorstep’ service or visit an associated ICMR approved lab Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Pune. Test fees will be as per the regulated prices set by local government bodies and same rates will apply for children and adults,” said Spicejet.

Passengers travelling from UAE may submit their test samples at the partnered certified laboratory in Ajman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, or Sharjah, or at a location of choice within the UAE. The test prices will start as low as AED 160 for both children and adults.

“The test reports will be sent by the associated laboratory to the registered email address of the individual within 24 to 60 hours, ensuring confidentiality of the result,” the airline said.

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